The government is “increasingly confident” that more countries will soon be added to the amber and green travel lists, Dominic Raab has told Sky News.
The foreign secretary said he believes opportunities for international travel can in the near future be opened up further as “the momentum forward is positive”.
Mr Raab also did not rule out the possibility of popular holiday hotspot Spain moving to a different category in the government’s traffic light travel system at the next review point a week on Thursday.
“We’ve done the job we had to do domestically and as we see other countries catch up if you like, I think we are increasingly confident that more countries will go either on amber or on to green,” he told Kay Burley on Sky News.
Pressed on whether Britons wanting to book trips to Spain would be safe to do so, the minister added: “I can’t rule things out that the JBC (Joint Biosecurity Centre) and the government will decide but they’ll make that decision next week in terms of the traffic light system for all the relevant countries.”
On Wednesday, the government announced that fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and the US will not have to quarantine when arriving in England, Scotland and Wales from an amber list country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the change would come into force from 4am on 2 August and that applicable passengers must have received two jabs with vaccines authorised by either the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).